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Bucs’ Jameis Winston feeling better, will benefit from full practice week

By Rick Stroud

Quarterback Jameis Winston went two weeks without throwing a football before Friday due to his injured right shoulder.

Winston still is sore but feeling better. In fact, he was able to return to practice on Wednesday and was participating in all the passing drills during the period of practice open to the media.

Winston passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in a loss at Buffalo Oct. 22. It was one of the best performances of his career, despite not throwing a football until Friday of that week.

He kept the same routine last week, but he struggled on a windy day against Carolina Sunday, completing 21-of-38 passes for 210 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble.

The Bucs believe Winston's timing has suffered as a result of not being able to practice during the week.

"I think it's huge, really getting those reps he's going to run on Sunday during the week," tight end Cameron Brate said. "You know, he got those reps in walk-through and stuff but just visualizing it and seeing it and actually performing are two different things. So hopefully, him getting some work in earlier in the week will help him out on Sunday."